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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)
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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 03-20-2009

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Ratings: 722 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is deeply hazed amber verging on copper with a quick to fall pale beige cap with overall avg bead and thin lace sticks. The smell is both fruity and herbal with moderately strong sweet scent of malt with slightly caramel essence with moderate alcohol in the nose. The feel is sweet and boozy for the most part with spicy and mildly bitter hop texture with moderate carbonation and warming semi-bitter and semi-dry finish.

The flavor has mild pine from the hops up front with light bitterness and herbal flavors with subtle fruity yeast taste that comes off as a light apricot with pear accent and subtle grapefruit fades in toward the middle with a citrus zest and sweet malt combination with mild caramel element and some dark sugar perhaps. The malt has a mellow toast quality with pepper and tangelo adding contrast, the alcohol finishes out the flavor in a not so mild way with light fusel and astringent hop tinge. The taste also seems strange with a prune/dried fruit element after the swallow. Overall it strikes me more as an English double IPA than American style with more malt and yeast that try to balance the hop bitterness and hop flavor is not as in focus. This is a good beer, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of EMPotter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rado
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of schoolboy
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know that I am being picky today, but this AIPA has a number of problems. It really needs better balance. The malt is too out front - you know it is boozy.

The beer looks fantastic in the glass. But it is a dark, slightly bitter, syrupy taste. The aftertaste is a bit bitter, but not a good bitter.

I will not buy this one again - not recommended.

Ammendment - I accidentally bought it again and I dislike it even more.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful, crystal clear, neon copper apricot body. Fine white head with moderate retention and lace.

S - Bold and surprisingly sweet. Apricot, fresh bread and brown sugar.

T - Smooth caramel muffles a broad herbal bitterness. Huge bready malt builds through the center and lingers through at the finish.

M - Smooth full body. A shade thick.

O - The huge malt presence seems to overpower the hops, but the net effect isn't bad.

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Photo of mcsean
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of cowboy83
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp, clear, copper/amber body glowing with a large bubbled half finger head.

S - Floral hops, warm rubbing alcohol, and some green spiced vegetal notes. Faint citrus peel with some sweet malt wafts.

T - The high abv is pretty noticable, with a bitter alcohol bite up front. Grainy alcohol stands out, with some hop bitterness and a mild floral hop presence. Not much complexity or subtleness here. A chest warming finish and bitter aftertaste.

M - Pretty raw on the palate, warming.

O - Tastes like an average IPA with grain alcohol poured in. Not very keen on this one at all. Aging may smooth the alcohol but I don't think the body or flavors can support the strength of this brew.

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Photo of drjman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipyard XXXX IPA has a very thick, cream-colored head and a somewhat hazy, amber appearance. Lots of thick lacing is noticed. The aroma is strong, with citrus, lots of breadiness, some sourness, and even alcohol. Taste is of alcohol, grapefruit, bitterness, bread, and somewhat cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and soft, and Shipyard XXXX finishes dense, bitter, and mostly dry. Overall, this is an interesting IPA, and I think it’s worth trying.


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Photo of Pugs78
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Shineonsolar
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of KevieJames
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber color, with an off white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet honey, hops, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of honey, with bitter pine and hops, mild citrus.

Overall: Not a bad take on an Imperial IPA, the sweet honey like flavor is nice. I like it but it is not my first choice.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – hazy amber in color, with about half a finger’s worth of frothy light tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – interesting smell. It smells like a Belgian ale almost, but with a fruity tinge to it. Can’t pull out the grapefruit, but the fruity smell does seem to make sense then.

Taste – interesting taste as well, and much like the smell. A teeny bit of a musky quality at the start as it’s getting into the middle, then it takes a turn and you feel more of a smoky/fruity quality. The finish is bitter, as is the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but does lean more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. Good-tasting and very interesting/thought-provoking.

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Photo of GrogEqualsCourage
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Etan
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Sent to me as an extra by Valdieu2.

A: Pours a brownish-amber with a nice thick white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Mildly fruity hop aromas with strong notes of butterscotch and sweet wheat bread.

T: Like the nose, mild fruity hop flavors (grapefruit, pungent piney bitterness) followed by heavy malty and yeasty notes of toffee, butterscotch, buttered biscuit. Slight spiciness and alcohol in the finish.

M: Tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: I assume this was brewed with a ringwood yeast strain, which dominates the flavor profile. Not bad if considered more of an English DIPA, but not great.

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Photo of briandot
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It's a darker amber IPA, almost into the red zone.

S: Not very strong, not very unpleasant, not very pleasant. I have a good sense of smell so I found it lackluster.

T: Super malty for an IPA. The hops leave very quickly, and I can't differentiate them as any particular type. It has the hoppy bite, but for a very brief moment before giving way to the malty body.

M: Well, not too bad. A little, um, fluffy? It's a bit syrupy but with as much head and malts, it's like eating frosted flakes.

O: I don't think I really enjoyed this one. It's an acceptable beer when there is nothing else to drink, certainly better than any adjunct, but falls pretty short for a quality IPA.

Disclosure: Had this one sitting around slightly longer than I should have, but I don't think that's the problem with it. It just isn't that great a beer.

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Shipyard XXXX IPA (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 722 ratings
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